Using the story of the “West and the world” as its backdrop, this book provides for beginning students a clear and concise introduction to Human Geography, including its key concepts, seminal thinkers and their theories, contemporary debates, and celebrated case studies.
Revised, Extended, and Extensively Updated Text Uses Historical Geographical and Thematic Approach to Provide Undergraduates with a Firm Foundation in Human Geography Drawing on nearly three decades of instructional experience and a wealth of testing pedagogical innovations with students, Mark Boyle has revised and expanded this authoritative and comprehensive introduction to Human Geography. As with the First Edition, Boyle follows the premise that "history makes geography whilst geography makes history," and that the key to studying the principal demographic, social, political, economic, cultural and environmental processes in any region in the world today is to look at how that region has been impacted by, and in turn has impacted, the story of the rise, reign, and decline of the West. Moreover he argues that Human Geog raphy itself is best understood as both an intellectual endeavour and a historical, political, and institutional project. Informed by recent developments in post-colonial scholarship, the book covers key concepts, seminal thinkers, and influential texts in the field. Although designed for the beginner student, Boyle does not shy away from ideas and debates often avoided in introductory texts, clearly communicating theory without condescension. In addition, he places human geography in its larger academic context, discussing the influences on the field from related subjects. Notable features in the Second Edition include: Extensive revision and updating of coverage of key ideas, developments, debates and case studies New chapter on uneven geographical development at different scales and development theory and practice Dedicated coverage of Covid-19s geographies New learning resources (figures, tables, plates, maps, Deep Dive boxes, etc.) throughout the text, plus learning objectives, essay questions, checklists summarizing key ideas, and guidance for further reading Updated and expanded companion website with MP4 and MP3 chapter-by-chapter lectures and PowerPoint slides for each chapter, new multiple-choice exam paper and additional essay-style exam questions, and a wide range of student tutorial exercises Human Geography: An Essential Introduction, Second Edition is an excellent foundational text for undergraduate courses in human geography, globalization, Western civilization, historiographies of intellectual thought, the grand public problems confronting humanity in the twenty first century, and other wider social science courses.
Table of Contents
List of Figures List of Plates List of Maps List of Tables Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations The Essential Guide to Reading The Second Edition Of Human Geography A Concise Introduction 1 Introducing Human Geography 2 Human Geography: A Brief History 3 Big History: Watersheds In Human History 4 The Commanding Heights: A Brief History of the European World Capitalist Economy From 1450 5 Power: The Governmental Machine of the West 6 Worlds Of Meaning: Power, Landscape and Place 7 (Under)Development: Challenging Inequalities Globally 8 10,000,000,000: The Modern Rise In World Population From 1750 9 A Planet in Distress: Humanity's War on the Earth 10 Homo Urbanus: Urbanization and Urban Form From 1800 11 The Walling of the West: Migration, Hospitality and Settling 12 At Risk: Hazards, Society And Resilience 13 Remaking The West, Remaking Human Geography Coda on COVID-19 Glossary Index